And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
This is such a great story and has so many things in it. I love how Jesus ends it in verse 11: “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” So much grace and truth in the words of Jesus here. What do you think Jesus is trying to reveal to us based on how he deals with this woman?
I love this because there was no one in the circle of men that could condemn her for all had fallen short in their own lives as well. The only one that could throw a stone, according to the law, was Jesus — and he says "I don’t condemn you."
The other men had stones in their hands but Jesus didn’t even pick up a stone in the first place. Jesus is showing us, as He showed the woman, that HIs heart towards us is nothing but grace and perfect love. He desires true freedom for this woman and for each of us today.
Our perception or the way we think about God is many times not who God is. The way we run from Him or are nervous to approach Him shows us that we think Jesus also has a rock in His hand, waiting to throw it at us when we do wrong, but in fact it is the exact opposite! We find Him drawing in the dirt, willing to take on our failings so that we can walk free from our old identity, from our old sin and walk into a bright future as a new creation.